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MiKro

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  1. Hi All, It has been a while since I did a build. The past year I have been doing a full rebuild/upgrade on my CNC router. I made many changes to improve it's accuracy and function. So I thought of the lap steel as something that would be a good test for the CNC to shake out any problems. First, the design stage. Using Aspire 9.0 I drew up the cad files and came to this as the basic idea of what I want. Overall dimensions 33.35" x 6.25"x 1.5"
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    Well the Satin clear is a Bust, after a few coats it makes the Walnut look Plastic. So sanding back and going with semi-gloss. Pictures soon.!! mk
  3. The 7th Armored Uranus Division is ready for service Sir!!!
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    Sprayed 2 coats of Satin clear, will level then continue. Not the best photo. Applied the logo, now to let it dry then start the clear coat mist on it. Then on to final finish.
  5. All of this recalled food is getting to be a PITA. Hell, you cannot even go get something fresh or boxed without wondering if it will make you sick or die. I guess I need to hire me some help and start a garden so I know what I am eating? WTF?
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    Another crappy photo, 3 coats of 1/4lb shellac to look for any mill and or sanding marks.
  7. @ScottRI understand the cat thing. I have a few I really care for, the others well it is a love hate relation at best. What I have learned is if one disappears wait 3 to 5 days if then they don't come back they are usually gone for good. I had one that left and somehow got stuck in the neighbors house ( they had there door open) It was about 4 days before they realized he was there then another 2 to get him out. LOL!! He finally came home and never wandered off again.
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    OKay I have the nut made and the nut slot is done. Now to start the finish on the guitar. I also have to drill the tuner holes and I have to polish the nut as well. I used an acrylic Pen blank for the nut it is 3/8*' thick recessed 0.225" It will be 1/2" tall out of the body.
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    Pick guard made.
  10. Here I go again, Wife went to OK to dog sit this week for my daughter. I have the frigging pissed off cats. Boy it's going to be a fun week. NOT!!!! mk
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    Other than the nut slot needing to be cut as well as make the pick guard, it is ready to start sanding and finish. I have not decided yet on the nut material, Was going to use brass, Not sure now?
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    I have decided to use a swimming pool route with a pick guard. This way I can use either single coil or humbuckers. Will be using a lipstick style single coil first set in reverse Jimi style. Damn, I banged the spindle hard earlier, you can see the results in the pocket cuts. I have to tram it again. CRAP!!!
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    So I am pleased with the results. It does look a lot like MOP. Will look better when it has a clear coat on it. I did have a few small bubbles I missed. I can drop fill those with MOP Pearl dust and clear lacquer, so no big deal. Ended up taking off 0.020" to get past everything. While I did use white as the base color before the pour, I believe that maybe silver would have been a better choice. Will have to play with that.
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    Bass in Yo Face

    Looking good there Curtisa. yes I know that pain of the house. LOL!!
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    Trying something different, I prepped the surface with clear coat to seal the grain I masked off the fret-board area with Oramask 813. Then V carved the lines and markers with a 60* engaving bit. Resealed the carved areas. then sprayed white in the carved areas. Mixed up some clear bar-top epoxy and mixed in some white pearl dust I use when spraying clear. Now to wait for it to dry, remove the mask and tape. Then most likely will have to take a surface pass of about 0.010" to level it. Should be interesting. HARD to tell because of the flash. but I think this may work. Will know in 24hrs. Most likely it will require at minimum 0.005" surfacing or sanding to clean it up. It does look a lot like MOP though in real life.
  16. I'm going to sit here in the frigging heat. Y'all have a great Vacay!! Wife out of town, my back still F'n with me and the cats are pissed she is gone. Yep it's fun. LMAO!!! Back to getting some more done in the shop.
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    cnc rebuild

    The revised Dust Shoe. update: Damn this works Great!!!
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    cnc rebuild

    HI guys, well with all of the troubles I have had with my machine since firing it back up after 2+ years I am tearing it down and doing a rebuild. I will try and document my upgrades and. repairs a s I go along. First off I took the z axis down and promptly dropped the arbor as I removed the ball screw nut from the ball screw. yep the little balls went everywhere. So I had to take the y axis one apart to get an accurate count. Missing one ball. Finally after some time dragging a magnet around the shop floor I found the last one. WHOOPPEE!! That's good news. Will try and get some pics of the changes as they go. Need to tear down the x axis in the morning and then off to the machine shop for some new parts to be made. I guess I should draw them up first :). One thing is sure when I get this done it will be better, as I plan on making some other changes so it is easier to tram the spindle. for one.thing. until next update. MK
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    First full build from scratch

    Well it depends on the moment, Today I am the wine. Later I may be vinegar. I just want my damn back fixed. LOL!!
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    First full build from scratch

    Been there done that. Happy Belated Birthday!!! Still as we age, we can become a better wine or a sour vinegar. The choice is yours.
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    Bent side ES style

    Wow John, is that a small craftsman saw for doing fret slots I see on the floor? Been a long time since I used that. I hope it is still giving you good service? Looking good Old Man. Mike
  22. I too am dabbling into the CGB guitar and slide steel world after making standard guitars. It is surprising how fun they can be. Other than 3 or 4 strings there are no real rules as to hardware, tunings and shape. CGB type guitars are really coming into there own now and I think it's great. More important is, you are having some quality time with your Son. Keep up the the good work. mk
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    6 String Lap Steel.

    Now that I know my time striving for accuracy and taking the time to do a proper setup for squareness and tram, I feel confident that milling non-ferrous metals will be much easier. I will be trying that later this week as I plan on machining a brass nut for this. mk
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    6 string roya

    looking good.
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